Two days after Breaking Point, the 171st edition of ECW on Syfy came to you from the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Quick Match Results
- William Regal def. The Hurricane by pin following the Knee Trembler.
- Yoshi Tatsu def. Zack Ryder by pin following the Buzzsaw Kick.
- #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Zack Ryder def. Paul Burchill, Tyler Reks, Yoshi Tatsu, Sheamus, Ezekiel Jackson, Shelton Benjamin, Goldust, Vladimir Kozlov, & Tommy Dreamer (in that order) to become the new #1 Contender for the ECW Title.
- #1 Contender’s Battle Royal
- William Regal Vs. The Hurricane
- Yoshi Tatsu Vs. Zack Ryder
The show kicked off with the General Manager of ECW, Tiffany, who discusses how proud she is of the ECW Championship match at Breaking Point. However, the beautiful GM was interrupted by disgruntled former #1 Contender, William Regal, flanked by Vladimir Kozlov & Ezekiel Jackson. Regal apologizes for the interruption and pays Tiffany a few compliments and saying that she is doing a "wonderful" job as the General Manager, but that he is there to discuss what went down at Breaking Point. Regal asked Tiffany why she banned Vladimir Kozlov & Ezekiel Jackson from ringside in the ECW Title match on Sunday. The GM explained to Regal that she wanted to keep the title match strictly one-on-one; with no involvement from Kozlov or Jackson. Regal responds by calling the decision "rash" and states that it is "only right" that he receive another rematch for the ECW Championship. Feeling that Regal had more than his fair share of chances to win the title, Tiffany denied the request of Regal and announced that a new #1 Contender would be named via a 10-Man Battle Royal! Tiffany then instructed Vladimir Kozlov & Ezekiel Jackson to get ready for the Battle Royal later on, but the GM stopped Regal and told Regal that he would not be in the Battle Royal and he would be in action right now! With that, The Hurricane made his way to the ring as Regal would be forced to compete in his street clothes!
Despite being forced to wrestle in his expensive street clothes, William Regal was able to defeat The Hurricane in the opening match. Where does the 2008 King of the Ring go from here? Will Regal attempt to climb the ladder once again to get another shot at the ECW Championship?
After suffering a loss to William Regal, The Hurricane’s night got worse as "The Ripper" Paul Burchill took advantage of the weakened super-hero to attack Hurricane and lay "The Masked Avenger" out in the middle of the ring! When will this "obsession" of Burchill’s be satisfied?
"The Long Island Loudmouth" Zack Ryder was in action against Yoshi Tatsu and, despite an impressive showing, "The New Japanese Buzzsaw" was able to deliver a vicious kick to the skull of Ryder to pick up the win!
Then it was time to determine the new #1 Contender for the ECW Title as ten men would compete in a Battle Royal to see who would face ECW Champion Christian for the title in the future. "The Gold Standard" Shelton Benjamin had an impressive showing in the contest; eliminating Paul Burchill, Sheamus, and, with an assist by Tommy Dreamer, Ezekiel Jackson. However, a bitter Sheamus crushed Benjamin’s dreams of competing for the ECW Championship by eliminating "The Gold Standard" from the contest! This led to a brawl between the two Superstars, which prompted referees to come to ringside and break up the scuffle. Meanwhile, back in the Battle Royal, it was down to the "final four" as Goldust, Vladimir Kozlov, Zack Ryder, & Tommy Dreamer were left in the match. Zack Ryder was able to narrow it down to three by eliminating "The Bizarre One" Goldust. This was followed by the "ECW Original" Tommy Dreamer managing to rid the ring of Vladimir Kozlov. Ryder then took advantage by quickly eliminating Dreamer to cement his spot as the #1 Contender for the ECW Title! For the first time in his career, Ryder will compete for the ECW Championship. The question is, when will he get his opportunity to face the champion, Christian, for the title?